It had been a while since I had tasted Rías Baixas Albariño – I was on an online tasting with Snooth. This was the largest tasting I had ever done online ever. I loved the variance of Rías Baixas Albariño there wasn’t a particular bandwidth of characterization–instead the expression was on the producer and even subregions.
I love that I was tasting just a mainline white wine but another variety. One of Spain’s best white wines. While Galicia has a very seafood dominate cuisine–and I am a huge seafood fan–these wines can pair easily with a variety of dishes: pasta and white sauces, pesto, Gouda, burgers, pizza, Jamon, oysters, mussels and much more.
Here are my notes from each wine I tasted:
Vionta Rías Baixas Albariño 2015
Delightfully dry and full of character; 12.5% ABV
Scent: beeswax, green, yellow cities peel, moist granite, flowers and white tea
Palate: Meyer lemon, quince, white flowers and a savory note of sesame.
Martin Codax Rías Baixas Albariño 2015
Scent: white peach, oyster shell, passion fruit, and star fruit
Palate: mineral approach gives way to Sicilian lemon, white peach, salinity and essence of white fig.
Bodegas Terras Gauda Abadía de San Campio Rías Baixas Albariño 2015
Scent: White stone fruit orchard, green apple, and green citrus
Palate: hint of graphite, sesame, mineral, salinity, lemon confit, and white nectarine
Pazo de San Mauro Rías Baixas Albariño 2015
Scent: passion fruit, star fruit, orange fleshy tropical fruit-honey, beeswax, white tea and flowers ->
Palate: hint of dried flowers-saffron, oyster shell, salinity gold citrus peel
Robalino Rías Baixas Albariño 2016
Scent: beautiful floweral notes, orange blossom, citron, crushed oyster shell
Palate: hint of marshmallow; graphite, buddha hand, white pepper and lemon rind.
Valminor Rías Baixas Albariño 2015
Scent: minerally, graphite, white pepper, and tea.
Palate: Crushed sea shell, crisp green apple, beeswax; graphite, white pepper, lemon/orange peel and tea
Altos de Torona Rías Baixas Albariño 2015
A lovely balance of acid to fruit and mineral.
Scent: crushed, shells, sea air, delicate flower garden
Palate: Passionfruit, orange marmalade, moist stones and dried apples.
Condes de Albarei Rías Baixas Albariño 2015
Scent: orange blossom, graphite, pine nut, kumquat
Palate: rocks in a stream, sesame, white peach, and green-yellow citrus and pulp
Pazo Senorans Rías Baixas Albariño 2016
Scent sun dried river rocks, jasmine, green app,e and comic pear,
Palate: white nectarine, green to gold citrus zest and peel, hint of almond and moist stones
Santiguo Ruiz Rías Baixas Albariño 2015
Scent: orange blossom, honey comb, crisp green pear and acratic fig,
Palate: moist stones, citrus peel, almond, bergamot, and sesame
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